Drowsy driving may be a bigger problem in Georgia than official government statistics would suggest, according to a study that was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. While official government statistics show that drowsy driving is a contributing factor in about 1-3 percent of all car accidents, in-depth studies reveal that drowsy drivers were involved in 21 percent of fatal car crashes that occurred between 2009 and 2013.
In a 60-page report, the National Highway Safety Board recently urged automakers to make collision avoidance systems standard features in all commercial and passenger vehicles. Although automakers say such a requirement would add to the cost of a vehicle, the chairman of the NTSB dismissed the issue. He likened the feature to a seat belt that consumers shouldn't have to pay extra for. The primary goal of an avoidance system would be to reduce the frequency and severity of rear-end collisions.
Under heated questioning from a panel of U.S. lawmakers, Takata Corp. announced on June 2 that it will "transition" away from the use of ammonium nitrate in its airbags. The embattled airbag manufacturer told members of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that it would work to replace the volatile chemical with guanidine nitrate instead. The company has been forced to recall nearly 34 million vehicles across Georgia and the United States due to deadly airbag failures.
The Auto Insurance Center recently analyzed fatal car accident data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it has now listed the top cause of such fatalities in each state. Looking at data from 2009 to 2013, fatal car accidents in Georgia were caused most often because drivers did not stay in their proper lanes. The statistics included pedestrian fatalities as well as those to car occupants.